The FFBC book tour is off once more and this time it’s Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen
Lady Victoria Aston is living her best life at home, happy in the knowledge that the estate’s future is secured after her older sister married. She’s happiest when dressed in her father’s breeches to fix up the estate, or curled up with an Austen novel.
However, now everything is at stake unless Victoria can marry and soon. She will need to navigate the season in London to try and secure the future for herself and her family.
But Vicky’s circumstances are far from those found in the pages of her novels; is Mr Carmichael is a scoundrel as some think, does Tom Sherbourne, her former best friend, want to capture her heart or her dowry and how does she fend off the advances of Mr Silby and his interesting fashion choices.
And all that is before she tries to deal with all the strange accidents that keep happening around her.
First off I have to say I’m a big fan of Jane Austen, so when I was given the chance to review this book, I jumped at it. The idea of a YA novel set in Georgian England was simple too much to pass over.
Dangerous Alliance took me a little while to get stuck into, it starts off a touch slow, though it does blossom into a much greater book once we head to London. In the capital we begin to see the characters deepen and start to understand their worlds a little more. Until then, Tom has been a character of mystery, we don’t really know much about him at all, other than hints of his past. It felt good to get to know more about him and get some answers, as the mysterious background had started to get a touch frustrating.
This is certainly a book that pulls you into the historical setting, you can almost see the horses in the parks and the fashions in the streets. It’s not just the environment either, Dangerous Alliance is a great reminder of how society and the world has changed. The change in the role and treatment of women is certainly addressed here, especially through the character of Althea, Lady Victoria’s older sister.
Overall, I don’t want to speak of the plot too much as I really don’t like to post spoilers in reviews, most people read reviews before the book afterall. The plot is great though and I did enjoy reading this book, after a slightly bumpy start, everything turned out really well.
If you’re looking for a YA novel with a difference, then Dangerous Alliance is certainly one to chose. I really hope that there will more books like this in the future.
Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen is out December 3rd
*reviewed from an ARC